Your goal is to design aircraft that fly faster, higher and further, that conserve resources and are economical? Would you like to explore the limits of what is technically feasible in space travel or advance information technology with the help of innovative satellite systems? In the Master’s program Aerospace, you will learn everything you need to know and focus on exactly what interests you.
The formal requirements for admission to this Master's program are as follows
- entrance qualification for Master's degree program (see TUM glossary of documents),
- specialist knowledge from basic areas of mechanical engineering
- higher mathematics
- technical mechanics
- machine elements
- materials science
- fluid mechanics
- control theory
- German or English language skills
The program can be studied entirely in German or English.
Benefit in several ways: From the top-class teaching and research in the field of aerospace; From the outstanding interdisciplinary courses at other departments of TUM and within the "Munich Aerospace" network; and from the cooperation between TUM and the Department of Aerospace and Geodesy (LRG) with companies, industrial partners and excellent research institutes such as the German Aerospace Center.
- Become part of the Bavarian space program.
- Experience cutting-edge research up close: The Institute of Aerospace of the Department LRG is one of the world's leading research centers in this field. Research projects are often carried out in close cooperation with industry. Current research results are a natural part of teaching .
- Get involved and work on research projects: As a graduate assistant, within the framework of the module "Research Internship" or as a Master’s degree candidate. We guarantee unique insights.
- As numerous rankings show, our engineers set national and international standards in research and teaching.
As a graduate of the Department LRG, you will have excellent prospects for the future!
You choose your master modules (usually modules with at least 5 credits each) from six program-specific pillars. For detailed information please refer to the examination and study regulations (FPSO) (German only) for this degree program.
You need a total of 120 credits to successfully complete the Master's program in Aerospace. The following figure shows the number of credits allocated to each subject area of the program.
The standard period of study for the Master's program in Aerospace is 4 semesters. You compile your individual timetable from the module catalogue of the courses that are eligible for the program.
The following sample study plans can serve your orientation when creating your individual timetable. These samples are not a guaranteed program offer, but rather serve to support your individual content planning. Due to the multitude of potential module combinations, it is not always possible to avoid collision of dates or times between all course groups for the suggested modules. You find all the necessary current information in TUMonline.
- Fluid Dynamics
- Flight Physics
- Flight Dynamics
- Flight Control
- VTOL and Rotorcraft
- Recommended Modules Aeronautics-Orientation
Examples of study plans with exclusively English-language modules:
In the following figure, you find a suggestion for the distribution of the individual modules over the four semesters. Note that this is a suggestion only.
You can find the module lists under study plan. The main pillars of the Master's program in Aerospace are
- Total systems (e.g. design of an aircraft, spacecraft or helicopter),
- Propulsion systems (e.g. motor, flight power unit and gas turbine, space craft power unit),
- Fluid dynamics/aerodynamics (aerodynamics of aircraft, aeroelastics, aeroacoustics),
- Structure (e.g. finite elements, design and construction of composite structures, fibre-, matrix- and composite materials together with their characteristics),
- Dynamics and control technology (e.g. helicopter flight physics, orbit and flight mechanics) .
The Master's program in Aerospace enables graduates to work in a highly process-driven, verifiable, international and interdisciplinary manner, which is particularly necessary in the aerospace industry.
The graduates acquire competences in the field of complete flying systems and thus, depending on the individually selected orientation, in the fields of transport systems, endo- and exo-atmospheric flight systems as well as in the technical disciplines of aerodynamics, lightweight construction, flight system dynamics, flight propulsion, control theory, aircraft design or space technology. In addition, the graduates acquire specific knowledge of production methods as well as materials science from development to application.
During their training, graduates are confronted repeatedly with problems that require optimization from an economic and ecological point of view, as well as with specific legal constraints in the development, design, approval and operation of flying systems.
- Detailed information on application and enrolment
- Department-specific information:
- Please also submit the curriculum on which the university degree is based, which describes the respective module contents and the competences taught (e.g. module catalog, module descriptions).
- The teaching languages of the program are German and English. International applicants therefore require proof of German or English language skills.
- Before admission to the program, all applicants undergo the aptitude assessment test at the Department LRG.
The prerequisite for admission to the program is a successfully completed aptitude assessment test based on a complete application. All prospective students who prove their aptitude during the procedure will be admitted to the program.
Admission to the aptitude assessment test - professional qualification:
In the first step, your specialist knowledge from your first degree course will be tested. The basic modules from the Bachelor's degree program in Mechanical Engineering at Technische Universität München listed in the following table provide the benchmark for the competencies to be demonstrated in each subject group.
1 Fundamentals of mathematics
(Basics of linear algebra and analysis, differential equations, heat conduction and wave equations)
2 Engineering mechanics
(Introduction to statics, dynamics, elastostatics)
3 Fundamentals of materials science
(material properties, solid state physics, material states, fracture and creep behaviour)
· Engineering Materials 1
4 Basic course thermodynamics
(Fundamentals of thermodynamics, Law 1 and 2, properties of matter and thermodynamic processes)
· Fundamentals of thermodynamics
5 Basic course fluid mechanics
(Fundamentals of the mechanics of gases and liquids)
· Fluid Mechanics 1
6 Basic course automatic control
(Introduction to automatic control, control loops and stability, modelling, Laplace transformations)
· Automatic Control
7 CAD/Construction and machine elements
(Introduction to technical drawing, CAD geometry, consecutive design theory, design of common machine elements)
· Basics of Machines Drawing and CAD and
· Basics of Machine Elements
A maximum of 60 points can be achieved. In the absence of a part of expertise, points are deducted proportionally. The resulting points are used as a base score in the later aptitude procedure.
Anyone who has achieved less than 36 points will not be admitted to the aptitude procedure. Similarly, those who have not achieved at least 9 points in each of the subject groups 1 and 2 and not at least 10 points in total in subject groups 3 to 7 inclusive will not be admitted to the aptitude procedure.
Those who meet the necessary requirements will be assessed in the aptitude procedure.
First stage of the aptitude assessment - assessment of application documents:
An assessment will be made based on
- your letter of motivation (maximum achievable score 20),
- the average grade of the basic modules (see table above) at the time of application (maximum achievable score 20) and
- your expertise from the above analysis (maximum achievable score 60).
A maximum of 100 points can be achieved.
You will be admitted to the course of study if you have achieved
- at least 75 points, or
- at least 65 percent of the maximum points to be achieved in the analysis of your professional qualification in each of the seven subject groups (see table above).
Unsuitable applicants with a total score of less than 55 will be rejected.
Second stage of the aptitude assessment - written tests:
If your application does not meet the above criteria, you will be invited to sit individual, specialized tests. You will be invited to sit tests on subjects listed in the table above in which you have not obtained at least 65% of the maximum number of points to be obtained in that subject group.
The tests are graded. A test is passed if the score is 4.0 or higher. If you pass all the tests to which you are invited, you will be considered suitable and will be admitted to the course of study. Otherwise, you will be rejected.
Qualified university degree certificate
If your certificate is not yet available at the time of application, you can only apply if at least 140 credits have been proven for a six-semester, at least 170 credits for a seven-semester and at least 200 credits for an eight-semester Bachelor's program (standard period of study).
Proof of the required credits is provided by a transcript of records (stamped and signed) confirmed by your Academic Programs Office/Examinations Office. Please submit your Bachelor's degree certificate to the Admissions Office immediately upon receipt, but no later than one year after commencement of the Master's program.
The module handbook
Universities often provide a so-called module handbook that contains detailed descriptions of all modules in the course. The term "curriculum" is also commonly used for this purpose. The individual descriptions must include the respective module contents and the competences taught. This is of great importance for carrying out the subject-specific qualification examination as part of the aptitude test. A study plan alone is not enough. If your university does not provide a module handbook, please have this confirmed in writing. In this case, please compile the course contents of the relevant subjects yourselves.
Letter of motivation
The evaluation criteria for the letter of motivation are
- correct spelling and grammar in German or English (2 points),
- logical and clear structure (3 points),
- well-structured presentation of the relationship between personal interests and the content of the program (5 points),
- convincing justification of the special willingness to perform for the Master's program by means of arguments and meaningful examples (10 points).
Please write your letter of motivation (500 - 650 words, approx. 1 page) independently and without outside help. Referring to your previous studies, please explain which skills, specific talents, interests and professional expectations make you particularly suitable for the program M.Sc. Aerospace at the Technical University of Munich. If you have additional qualifications (e.g. vocational training) please mention this in your letter and attach a single copy of any relevant documents.
Important information regarding all in-person tests: Note that you cannot take part in the exam if "you suspect you may be infected or have symptoms of illness."In this case you must self-isolate and inform the test organizers as well as the TUM crisis team (krisenstab-coronavirus(at)tum.de).
Please go to the following link and make sure to comply with all regulations named there, including but not limited to physical distancing, hand hygiene, and quarantine measures: https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/coronavirus/corona-teaching-exams/
The tests last 60 minutes each and take place on two consecutive days at the TUM Campus Garching. They cannot be repeated per application phase and are carried out once per application phase.
In the tests, applicants must complete assignments in the basic subjects listed below (see above table under "Details of the aptitude assessment procedure").
To facilitate preparation for the tests, you will also find levels of expectations with references to literature as well as sample tests:
- Higher mathematics - level of expectations / sample test
- Engineering mechanics - level of expectations / sample test EM 1+ 2. Sample test EM 3
- Materials science - level of expectations / sample test
- Thermodynamics - level of expectations / sample test
- Fluid mechanics - level of expectations / sample test
- Automatic control - level of expectations / sample test
- CAD/design and machine elements - level of expectations / sample test
All tests must be written in black or blue permanent ink (red and green are reserved for reviewers).
The following aids are permitted during the tests:
- Higher mathematics: non-programmable calculator
- Engineering mechanics 1+2: non-programmable calculator, ruler
- Engineering mechanics 3: 10 sheets of DIN-A4-sized paper with writing or printing on both sides
- Materials science: non-programmable calculator
- Thermodynamics: writing utensils, drawing tools (ruler, set square), non-programmable calculator, formulary (will be handed out along with exam), dictionary with no added notes
- Fluid mechanics: non-programmable calculator
- Automatic control: no aids permitted
- CAD/design and machine elements: CAD/design: ruler, pair of compasses // Machine elements: calculator
|March 11th, 2021||Test||Lecture Hall|
|08:00 - 09:00 am||CAD/Machine Elements||Interims II / HS1|
|09:45 - 10:45 am||Fluid Mechanics||Interims II / HS1|
|11:30 - 12:30 pm||Engineering Mechanics 1 + 2||Interims II / HS1|
|01:15 - 02:15 pm||Thermodynamics||Interims II / HS1|
- The application portal will be activated one month before the application deadline at the latest.
- Application deadline for beginning of studies in winter semester: 01 April - 31 May
- Application deadline for beginning of studies in summer semester: 01 September - 30 November --- Due to the current corona situation, the application deadline for the summer semester 2021 is 18 December 2020
- Date for the written tests:
- Summer 2021 (for application for winter semester 2021/2022)
- 11 and 12 March 2021 (for application for summer semester 2020)
- Start of studies and lecture period
- Start of studies possible in summer and winter semester
- Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
- Language of instruction: German and/or English
- Main place of study: Campus Garching near Munich
- Standard period of study: 4 semesters
- Fees and financial aid
- Full-time study
- Stay abroad possible
- Double Degree with ISAE SUPAERO Toulouse possible
The program documentation is a detailed summary of the goals, content, and structure of the program. You can download it here:
Study Program Documentation Master Aerospace (currently only available in German)